Buick’s biggest splash may not be its rising momentum of sales, or even its surprise Consumer Reports reliability rating, which marked the first time an American brand cracked the top three since the 1980s. The largest splash was likely the Buick Avista concept car, which was revealed at the 2016 North American International Auto Show.
And Fortune, oh, lucky, lucky Fortune, was able to drive the Avista concept in its twin-turbocharged V6 glory.
Despite being able to drive the Avista, the story itself doesn’t quite describe any driving impressions. However, it looks stunning as it rolls around in the video you can see above.
The Avista in based on General Motors’ Alpha platform, which currently underpins the Cadillac CTS, ATS and Chevrolet Camaro. However, the Avista brings a much sleeker and stylish exterior, which is meant to showcase the brand’s future design direction.
Unfortunately, the Avista will likely stay a one-off concept car, despite its numerous design awards and accolades. Buick has reportedly not built a business case for such a vehicle in its lineup, especially when the brand is recording record sales numbers with its lineup of crossovers.
However, the brand has said once the Buick Cascada is due for a replacement (which it calls its halo vehicle), a new flagship may be considered. We can only dream at this point.